To effectively manage the gaming market in Ontario, OLG identified 29 Gaming Zones where existing or new gaming facilities would be permitted following municipal and other approvals. The Gaming Zones are outlined in OLG’s Request for Information (RFI) for Gaming, available on MERX ( www.merx.com )
Gaming Zones are geographic areas where regulated private-sector providers will be allowed to operate a single gaming facility, subject to approvals. The zones are defined for building purposes only, and will not affect operators’ ability to market their offering — although some restrictions might apply to ensure the sustainability of the market.
Gaming zones are based on a business model that is designed to maximize revenue for the province. Factors such as proximity of a gaming location to other gaming facilities and residential areas were measured to determine the zones.
The design of these zones is intended to manage competition between facilities and ensure a sustainable and efficient gaming market in Ontario. In each zone, OLG will define:
Inside gaming zones, each operator will be allowed to establish a new facility (for new zones), operate the current facility, or relocate existing facilities within the boundaries of the zone, subject to relevant approvals, including:
Note: The proposed zones for the location of OLG gaming facilities are not final. The geographic boundaries may be adjusted based on ongoing discussions with relevant stakeholders and information received through the Request for Information (RFI) process.
Gaming Zone maps are posted on www.OLG.ca.
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For further information: OLG Media Relations, 1.888.946.6716, www.OLG.ca